UK spots world’s 10th case of SARS-related coronavirus; patient had been to Mideast, Pakistan
Published February 11, 2013
LONDON – British officials have found the world’s 10th known case of coronavirus, a mysterious disease related to SARS and first identified last year.
The patient, a U.K. resident who had been in the Middle East and Pakistan, is in the intensive care unit of a Manchester hospital, according to a statement Monday from Britain’s Health Protection Agency.
In past cases, patients’ symptoms have included acute breathing problems and kidney failure.
There is no proof the virus spreads easily between humans, but experts suspect humans can catch it from animals such as bats or camels.
All the previous cases have had links to the Middle East, but last year, the World Health Organization said the virus was probably more widespread.
It recommended countries test anyone with unexplained pneumonia for the virus.